In Last Exit Before Reality Giselle Beiguelman caricatures the politically correct borders imposed by a society of control. The aggressive stream of continuously flashing warning and prohibition signs leaves the viewer without any doubt that s/he is trespassing countless rules in a strictly controlled environment. According to Beiguelman, the steep influx of rules and regulations in our current climate, followed by their almost natural acceptation within civil society, leads to the loss of a possibility for conflict, and thus to a disappearance of -previously negotiated- public space.
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
The individual works and eventually the entire series will be shown on a specifically designed urban screen situated at a platform of the U-Bahn Station Kochstrasse in Berlin, Germany. This central and historic location has always been significant as especially during the divide. Better known as Checkpoint Charlie it became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of east and west, and — for some East Germans — a gateway to freedom.
21 September – 9 November:
weekdays: 7 am – 9 pm
weekends: 11:30 am – 8 pm
Last Exit Befor Reality at Checkpoint Charlie
Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
On the anniversary itself, for one night only, the entire series of works will be shown on the media façade on the outside of the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin the Hungarian Cultural Institute, This modern building is in the heart of the city of Berlin close to where the wall once was. With it’s enormous windows it will be a dramatic and symbolic location for the final night of the project.
Die Wende Festival, Melkweg Amsterdam
The entire series of works will be presented in De Melkweg, Amsterdam in November as part of the festival ‘ Die Wende’ focussing on the events round the ‘Fall of the Wall’ and will be screened continuously during the festival.